Issue 3 July 2021

Exercise Online – Free Resources Launched

With the ongoing trend towards online engagement due to COVID restrictions, HSE Health and Wellbeing have developed a suite of free online exercise programmes which have proven very popular to date with HSE staff and the public. To date, two video series have been developed, Pilates for Beginners and Yoga for Beginners, which are made up of 8, 30 minute videos, with further programmes coming soon.

Both video series give a gentle approach to those wishing to try out a new form of exercise in the comfort of their own home, garden or workspace adhering to COVID guidelines.  There is something for everyone and it is hoped that the approach taken will encourage and support those new to online exercise or these forms of exercise specifically to stay with an exercise series for a number of weeks.

To view the videos click on the links below:

The series was kicked off with the online launch of the Pilates for Beginners video series taking place in May at our ‘Get Active for Your Wellbeing’ webinar with special guest Derval O’Rourke, former Olympic athlete and TV personality and fitness and wellbeing coach.

On the webinar Derval gave many insights into her own background, how exercise became part of her life and she gave some very useful tips from her experience. Sarah McCormack, HSE Lead for Healthy Ireland and Staff Health and Wellbeing encouraged people to give the videos a try, as supporting one’s wellbeing is a key priority for everyone as we move forward with some easing of COVID restrictions. The webinar is well worth a watch if you missed it.

It also includes insights from HSE colleagues, Sarah O’Brien and Clodagh Armitage who highlighted key evidence on physical activity and encouraged health service staff to participate in the Steps to Health Challenge which had to be postponed until September due to the cyber attack.

A further two exercise videos in the series will be coming soon, these are Strength and Conditioning for Beginners and Chair Yoga.

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